The project will first increase the understanding of the current utilization (or lack thereof) of SIPCA and SIPCMMA, and then improve either the systems or the ways in which they are implemented. This will likely involve integrating SIPCA/SIPCMMA into a FRN in which over 500 farmers can pursue different research agendas according to their interests and can receive information from different research groups. In previous phases, the project dealt with other issues in the cropping season, but in a paradigm of technology transfer, which could impede long-term use by farmers. The potential FRN will provide a mechanism for integrating disparate parts of the system in a more endogenous manner. The anticipated outcomes of this work include permanently lowered levels of mycotoxins, diversified production, consumption, and markets, improved productivity; and increased farmer income and well-being.
Output 1: Mycotoxin monitoring in peanut and maize for all uses, revealing association with characteristics of individual farms and households; participatory analysis will lead to a deeper understand of where SIPCA and SIPMMCA work, for who, and why or why not. With this information, options can be developed or refined for farmers whose crops have high mycotoxin levels.
Outcome 1: Lower levels of mycotoxin contamination among 500 farm families.
Output 2: Establishment of FRNs to research a broader agroecological agenda.
Outcome 2: More sustainable production, lowering of mycotoxins, more adaptive capacity among networks and farmers.
Output 3: Production of articles and studies of interest to global audiences, as well as communication products for farmers and local and national policy makers. International certification for the mycotoxin analysis services of a local university (Universidad Mayor San Simon), so that samples do not have to be analyzed internationally.
Outcome 3: Mechanisms relating to mycotoxin levels and other factors are identified and shared so they can inform interventions globally. Lower levels of mycotoxins in Bolivia and other countries due to increased testing and awareness of mycotoxins.